Michael K Catoe

Michael Catoe is a senior counsel in the SEC’s FCPA unit, based in Washington, DC. He has been at the SEC since 2003.

Catoe received his law degree from Howard University School of Law in 1996. Before joining the SEC, he worked for six years as an associate at Covington & Burling, where he practiced in litigation, information technology and corporate transactions.

At the SEC, Catoe worked alongside now-deputy chief Charles Cain to investigate Pfizer, an American drug company, which settled allegations of bribery in Russia, China, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Kazakhstan in 2012. Pfizer and another pharmaceutical company, Wyeth – which was acquired by Pfizer in 2009 – paid a combined US$45.2 million in disgorgement and prejudgment interest to resolve the SEC’s allegations. Pfizer also paid a US$15 million criminal penalty to the US Department of Justice.

In 2015, Catoe was featured in a promotion video produced by the SEC. In the video, Catoe said the challenge and diversity of his work has kept him from moving on from the commission.

“I have a great deal of autonomy in my work,” Catoe said. “I get to control the direction, the scope and breadth of the investigations that I work on.”

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